Identification: Mystery object found in tree

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  1. Barb

    Barb New Member

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    Need help identifying this strange object we found in our Pieris japonica. It was the shape of a wasp nest. It was very dense not hollow. It had no obvious openings. It was attached to a branch but the branch did not go through it. It had moss, lichen, a few small feathers, something that looked like string and I don’t know what the bulk of it was made up of. It didn’t pull apart easily and it felt more like I had to tear it open. I’m just very interested in knowing what this could be. It did no damage to the tree.
     

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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Thank you very much... I feel that is exactly what it is. We looked at it before and just now again a really cannot see an opening. We live in Courtenay which looks like just at the edge of their range. I really hope I did not destroy an active nest. I had originally thought it was a wasp nest. Thank you again for responding.
     
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    Sharon Hanna New Member UBC Botanical Garden

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    Please remember that wasps are also considered to be 'beneficial' insects - they pollinate, and eat aphids and other bugs considered 'bad'.
     
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